08.18.14Weekly Grocery Haul!

A few close friends of mine have been asking me for help figuring out what to eat every week.  I decided instead of just emailing them that I would turn it into a weekly blog post in hopes of helping my friends and followers. I will be posting my grocery haul every Sunday and what I made for meals that week! I am still trying to work out the kinks and the best approach for these posts so they can be most helpful to you, so please comment below if you have any suggestions on how these posts can be more helpful!

photo 1

  • 2 boxes of lettuce (I always like to get romaine or something similar with a box of baby greens or the supergreens and do a combo of the 2. Makes the salad taste better!)
  • 1 cucumber
  • Raspberries, Blueberries, Blackberries & pineapple – all organic
  • Cilantro
  • Shredded carrots
  • Green Onions
  • Bag of Quinoa
  • Bag of gluten free lentil pasta (high in fiber and protein!)
  • Organic grilled chicken strips (for salads and sandwhiches)
  • 2 Avocados
  • Carton of Unsweetened Vanilla almond milk
  • Can of garbanzo beans (chickpeas)
  • Can of Black Beans

NOT PICTURED:

Since I eat a lot of fresh fruits and vegetables it is pretty standard for me to go to the grocery store 2-4 times a week, depending on my needs. The photo above is from my first trip on Monday, but I ended up having to go back a few times later in the week for a few items. 

BREAKFAST:

I like to make overnight oats because they are ready and waiting for you in the fridge when you wake up. This really helps for when you know you are going to have a busy morning and not a lot of time to make breakfast. I already had the oats and chia seeds on hand to make these. Both ingredients are staples in my pantry. I had either hot oatmeal that I sweeten with my banana trick or overnight oats every morning this week and then a protein shake after I worked out. (A scoop of chocolate or vanilla organic whey mixed with water and half of a frozen banana.)

oats, chia seeds, raspberries, blueberries, banana, almond milk & topped with peanut butter:photo 7

photo Banana sweetened oatmeal with chia seeds, blueberries & peanut butter

photo 8

Over the weekend I stayed with my boyfriend and he did not have oats so I improvised and made breakfast quinoa! Make the quinoa as normal but with almond or coconut milk instead of water and I added half a banana in with it while it was on the stove. The banana sorta melts, carmelizing and gives the quinoa (or oats) a really sweet and delicious taste. I then topped with blueberries and almond butter.

photo 5

LUNCH:

Lunch was lots of salads this week. The trick to a great salad that you actually enjoy is the add ons and the dressing! I have recently re-discovered my love for sundried tomatoes and have been putting them in my salads all week! I also really enjoy cilantro and jalapenos in my salads. Adds a nice kick to them!

Greens with shredded carrots, cilantro, avocado, chickpeas with tuna & dill and an oil free balsamic dressing I found at whole foods. (or you can make your own)photo 9 

Greens, shredded carrots, quinoa, cucumber, organic chicken, green onion, sundried tomatoes and grape tomatoes with my secret jalapeno, cilantro dressing

:)
photo 4

Greens, shredded carrots, sundried tomatoes, cucumber, avocado and lemon herb dressing (from whole foods). I added some organic chicken on top photo 2

 The rest of my lunches this week were similar salads and one day I had Chipotle. (Brown rice bowl with black beans, light chicken, mild & medium salsa, guacamole and lettuce)

DINNER:

Pesto quinoa (I just made quinoa like normal and put a homemade pesto sauce on top) with baked halibut.

photo 3

 Another night I had 2 fried eggs over gluten free toast with avocado. I was too hungry to snap a photo….whoops!

The next night I ate out and ordered an argula and beet salad with halibut. (this was a lot of fish so I shared it with a friend)photo 10

 

Thursdays are always Taco night at my bosses house (I cook for him and his 3 children)! I got a pound of organic ground chicken and cooked it with Trader Joe’s taco seasoning (I recommend this brand because it’s delicious and doesn’t contain MSG like most of the taco seasonings you find at the grocery store). I used organic sprouted corn tortillas, organic black beans, and topped them with organic cheese and guacamole! These are always a favorite with my boss and his kids!

Friday & Saturday night I went to dinner with my boyfriend. (A nice farm to table spot one night and Indian with his family the next night- I LOVE me some curry).

 Sunday night I made the red lentil pasta (posted in my grocery haul pic). This pasta is a new discovery for me and I LOVE it. The pasta is made with red lentils, so not only is it packed full of fiber and protein but it’s gluten free and doesn’t compromise on taste. My boyfriend I both equally enjoyed it and he is not gluten free! I topped the penne with my favorite Eden Organic Pizza/Pasta sauce and red pepper flakes to add a little spice. 

photo 6

 

I hope this helps some of you. Please comment below if there is anything I can do that will make this more helpful for you!

05.05.14Happy Cinco de Margarito!


It may seem crazy to be promoting drinking margaritas on a health food blog, but I believe that mental health is just as important and sometimes I just need a dang margarita for my sanity.

The problem is, store bought margarita mixes are loaded with sugar (or artificial sugar if you are buying the sugar free ones), artificial colors (that are known carcinogens!) and other nasty, chemical preservatives. This is why I just opt to make my own. These are SO easy to make and are beyond this world delicious. They took me all of about 2 minutes to whip up and serve.

I haven’t even told you the best part yet! They don’t contain ANY added sugar! Only the sugar naturally occuring in fruit. AND! The electrolytes in the coconut water will help prevent a hangover the next day. I’m always looking out for you guys. Unless of course if you drink 5768 of these, in which case I can’t help you there. No one can…

Courtney's Pineapple Margaritas
Serves 4
Write a review
Print
Prep Time
5 min
Prep Time
5 min
Ingredients
  1. 1/2 liter Coconut Water (I prefer Harmless Harvest Raw Coconut Water)
  2. 1/2 bag Organic Frozen Pineapple (you can use regular but I like it frozen to make the drinks extra cold)
  3. 3-4 Limes
  4. Tequila (make as strong as you prefer)
Instructions
  1. Throw all the ingredients in the blender with ice and blend until smooth. I have a Vitamix and just peel my limes and throw the whole lime in there. You can do this if you have a Vitamix or a high powered blender, otherwise I would recommend juicing the limes first. Feel free to mess around with the measurements as they are not exact. I always just eyeball my measurements and then add more if I need to.
Realfoodology http://realfoodology.com/